Glaucoma is a very serious disease. Without proper treatment, glaucoma causes damage to your optic nerve which can cause the loss of your side vision. In time, tunnel vision can occur followed by permanent vision loss. Unfortunately, there is no cure for glaucoma. However, if the condition is caught early, you can begin treatment that can slow the progression of the disease.
What Are the Early Symptoms Of Glaucoma?
The early symptoms of glaucoma would depend on the type of glaucoma that you have. Open-angle glaucoma is the most common type, and it often shows no early signs. This is why it is annual eye exams are so important. Angle-closure glaucoma occurs when the drainage system becomes partially clogged, making it difficult to drain, increasing the pressure in the eye.
Angle-closure glaucoma is less common, and the symptoms come on suddenly. This type of glaucoma occurs when the drainage system in your eye becomes completely blocked, causing a rapid increase in eye pressure. This rapid increase can cause severe symptoms including:
Severe eye pain
Nausea and vomiting
Seeing halos around lights
Loss of side vision
While there is no cure for glaucoma, there are treatments available to slow the progression of the disease, protecting the health of your optic nerve.
Eye drops: Your optometrist will prescribe eye drops to reduce the pressure in your eyes. When the pressure remains stable, it will prevent damage to the optic nerve.
Laser surgery: Laser surgery is effective in opening the drainage system in the eye, allowing the fluid to drain properly. This will keep the pressure in your eyes down.
Tradition surgery: If laser surgery is ineffective, your doctor can create a small passage in the white of your eyes so that the excess fluid can drain. Over time, the incision can heal up, closing it off. When this happens, another surgery would be necessary.
Call Wichita Optometry, P.A. Today
Because glaucoma is such a serious disease and can result in permanent vision loss, regular appointments with Wichita Optometry, P.A, are essential. Our doctors of optometry will check the pressure in your eyes during each exam. We will also dilate your eyes so that we can get a good look at your optic nerve. When glaucoma is caught early, we can begin treatment immediately which is the only way to preserve your vision.